The Benefits of Dental Bridges
A bridge is the answer to the problems and embarrassment of missing teeth. Bridges can be installed relatively quickly, are permanent, easily cleaned and less expensive than alternatives.
Missing teeth open the door to personal discomfort and public embarrassment. Speaking and chewing are awkward. A raised hand masks a once pleasant smile. Within the mouth teeth shift and tilt, and bone weakens from absence of the natural stress of mastication. Debris accumulates in pockets leading to gum deterioration and unpleasant breath. Anyone concerned with mouth health and diminished public confidence must replace those missing teeth. Dental bridges are the way to go.
A single-tooth bridge is placed over the gap to hold the false tooth in place. The bridge is composed of two crowns placed over adjacent teeth and connected by way of the false tooth in the middle. Choices need to be made regarding materials, procedures and styles, such as fixed-fixed, cantilever and resin-retained. Less frequently applicable, but available are fixed-movable, inlay and glass fiber reinforced composite.
Because the bridge is cemented in—fixed—it need not be removed for cleaning. Of course it must be cleaned in place. Specialized dental flosses are available for threading underneath the bridge. Their use three or four times a week will battle decay and gum disease.
Research shows that bridges, much as single crowns, behave as designed and last for many years. Keep in mind that choosing a bridge is a one-way street. Because some natural teeth have to be shaped to accommodate the bridge, a crown or bridge will always be necessary.
In most cases, once you choose a bridge, getting it made and put in takes only a little more time than that for a single crown. Two appointments do it, far fewer than for a partial—a removable dental appliance secured by wires or denture cement—or an implant.
A bridge is less invasive than a dental implant that requires a surgical procedure and possibly a bone graft to install. For those averse to surgery or whose bone or mouth conditions make implants impossible, choosing a bridge is a no-brainer.
Cost is a big factor in any dental procedure. Figuring out the cost of a bridge depends on at least five factors: material, number of teeth in the bridge, what shape the adjacent teeth are in, the reputation of your dentists and what part of the county you live in. A one-tooth bridge might cost between $1100 and $4500.A single-tooth implant costs about $7,000
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Ron has years of experience in the dental world. You can find his thoughts at the wisdom of dentistry blog.
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